Colima Stone Frog/Man Effigy - PF.5572, Origin: Western Mexico, Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD, Dimensions: 3.375" (8.6cm) high, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Colima, Medium: Stone. The idea of hybrid creatures is prevalent in ancient mythologies from around the world. From satyrs and mermaids, to sphinxes and griffins. This concept was especially pervasive throughout Pre-Columbian religious beliefs. Supposedly, shamans, under the influence of hallucinogens, had the ability to shift shapes, becoming various animals and utilizing their powers. This remarkable sculpture depicts a creature that is part human, part amphibian. The frog itself was revered for its powers to change forms from tadpole to toad. Perhaps this work was worn as an amulet, with a thin necklace strung through the small perforations in the ears. Maybe a shaman used this object to facilitate shape shifting. Needless to say though, this unique carving once possessed a potent magic, an ancient force that it still exudes today.
Ancient Central America & Mexico